backlashes and backlashes and backlashes

July 29th, 2014

nationalreviewgoingafterneil  “Smarter Than Thou”…

“America’s Nerd Problem”?

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been the recipient of a seemingly bizarre political backlash — after the conservative magazine National Review penned a takedown cover story on the “Cosmos” host last week depicting him as a smug, intellectual bully.

The story struck many as odd given Tyson’s gentle, geeky presentation style. Comedian Bill Maher had Tyson on his HBO show over the weekend, trying to make sense of the backlash.
“You’re a scientist, and a black one, who’s smarter than [conservatives] are,” Maher quipped.
The line got laughs, but it’s worth remembering that Tyson served the George W. Bush administration as a member of the Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond in 2004. Conservatives have no problem harnessing Tyson’s intellect.

The “Adlai Egghead” problem rears its ugly head in America, I suppose.

NERD!!!

chug chug chug

July 29th, 2014

It appears to be a fraternity / sorority thingy going on.  A bunch of young college kids running around in white sheets — something that never happened before the movie Animal Farm, incidentally.

Overheard conversation: “Hey.  What is this?”
“I  don’t know.”  Then he yells “Hey!  White Power!”
“Should I go up to them and ask?”
“No.  I think you blew it with that ‘White Power’ thing.”

Curiously, given the history of the Klan as a Fraternal organization, and the intermingling of college fraternities in the same sort of thing, and the status of frats as just the play-thing of rich college kids… it’s not so far off the mark, is it?

Oh.  Forget I said that.

recurring political scandals, 2014 edition

July 26th, 2014

So.  Senator John Walsh, interim and soon to be candidate for six year term, in Montana… and his own particular manifestation of the “Biden Problem“…

Sen. John Walsh (D – Montana) is being accused of plagiarism for failing to properly cite the work of others in the master’s thesis he wrote while at the Army War College in 2007. Indeed, it has been widely reported that as much as a quarter of what the senator wrote—and presented as his own work—may have been the ideas and/or words of other prominent experts on Middle East policy.

When asked about this apparent transgression, Sen. Walsh stated that he believed he had done nothing wrong. He didn’t recall using sources improperly, but he is considering apologizing to scholars he failed to cite. A campaign aide for the senator acknowledged the plagiarism, but indicated that Sen. Walsh did not intend to deceive anyone and that his actions should be viewed in the context of a successful military career during which he was a highly decorated officer who served with distinction in the Montana National Guard. The aide noted that Sen. Walsh was going through a difficult period in 2007.

It’s not like he cribbed from wikipedia.

Some are asking if there is a relationship between PTSD and plagiarism.  There is none—at least not a direct one.

I wonder if he had a poetry writing class where he turned in a bunch of Pink Floyd lyrics?

hope, redux redux

July 24th, 2014

Nothing to do with the politics or policies in this headline… but… this is getting to me.

The misuse of the word “Hope”.

Promises of Hope Tarnished by Lack of Change.

I first noticed this with John Edwards, who offered in 2004 that “Hope is on the Way!”  Impossible.  As it is an implied future for the present.

There is no promise of “hope”… there is “Hope”, perhaps, which itself is “promise” of the future.

Then again I didn’t much like Obama’s 2008 campaign, which garners some admission from someone I know recently “He was just better than the other guy”.  Indeed.  So I thought at the time.

back when some party could win 49 states…

July 22nd, 2014

This is interesting.  Donate to the Republican Party, and get yourself … a Reagan / Bush ’84 shirt.

To go alongside the “Oliver North for President” t-shirt I once saw, sort of akin to an “Alfred E Neuman” shirt or … you know… all the permetations of satire that come with the Obama “Hope” shirt (etc).

Or this vintage t-shirt, which… didn’t exist the first time.

Sure.  Reagan / Bush 1984.  Why not?  Whatever!

on the current immigration issue

July 19th, 2014

Without saying a thing about what ought be done about the specter of unaccompanied children traveling illegally across the Mexican / American border, or even if this is in the end a smart part of a strategy…

there is something absurd in Obama requesting funding for an ad campaign telling parents not to send their children across the border like that…

because, you know… it’s not exactly a thing that’d be an optimum choice for them, and even if an ad campaign telling them not to do so is in some way effective… it’s not exactly a message that comes out well… and seems like a dark comedy.

the red shirt phenomonem, revisited

July 18th, 2014

startrekredshirt

So…

(1) If you’re wearing a Red shirt on the Starship Enterprise, you’re okay… all the engineers have red shirts.

(2) Unless, you’re beamed down to the planet, at which point all the alien creatures in the known universe are like bulls chasing after the red flags.  Sensory triggers work the same the universe over.

(3) Unless one of the aliens down there is a female love interest for Kirk, for reasons that need some scientific explanation.

Is that it?

Jesse Ventura rolling into the news

July 16th, 2014

And … interesting question

I’m confused. Why should I care about Jesse Ventura?

But not a very good answer.  Or maybe an answer which leads one item to the “not valid” claim in Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit?

He is also reportedly thinking about running for president in 2016 — and choosing Howard Stern as his running mate.

Maybe you care about that.  Hell… I care about figures such as Jim Rogers in Oklahoma and Gordon Allen Pross in Washington, so I can’t besmirch you.  But it is an odd “so what?” about Jesse Ventura.

He now hosts a show on Ora, where he “offers his electrifying insight into the nation’s most pressing problems. No suits, no censors, no red tape. Just Jesse Ventura as we like him: bold, brazen, and bare-knuckled.”

Interesting because the lawsuit is against a man who alleged to have gotten into a barfight.  The thing is it seems Jesse Ventura has a point…

Kyle said that, when Ventura told him that the SEALs deserved to “lose a few guys,” he punched him, and Ventura “went down.” After he [Kyle] repeated the story, on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Ventura—who denies disparaging seals, and claims that no altercation occurred—filed defamation charges.

… but I also have to wonder if the point is lost in a half chance that Ventura’s real problem isn’t the old “Americans deserve to die” canard as the idea that this man claims he punched him out cold.  The story looks phony as a Pro Wrestling bit, of course, and full of a false patriotic “whoop”ing.  So I don’t know what Ventura wins or loses from it’s existence.

the american auxiliary of the International Vladmir Putin Movement

July 14th, 2014

Number One.  Kesha Rogers versus Jim Rogers
So goes the standard media line on Jim Rogers.
A perennial candidate who never campaigns – Jim Rogers – is in a run-off with a state senator Connie Johnson for the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate. Not only are Democrats not showing up to vote, they are obviously uninformed when they get there. Johnson is a viable candidate – Rogers is not. 

This is in accurate.  We see him campaigning right here.  We see him campaigning in the very same manner in previous campaigns.  Yet, when the media assess his success — passed the 650,000 vote thresh-hold, and did indeed win the Democratic nomination for Senate once — it’s always “never campaigning.”  (Damned it… it looks like the great resource of “our campaigns dot come is now … kaputWhere am I supposed to go for an online resource of historical political elections?)

Connie Johnson … 43.84%
Jim Rogers … 35.34%
Patrick Hayes  ..20.82%

And compare this with the primary result in the Democratic Senate seat in Texas …

David Alameel … 47%
Kesha Rogers … 21.6%
Maxey Marie Scherr  … 17.7%

And … Jim Rogers beat Kesha Rogers in comparison in the initial primary.  We are going to have to see how Jim Rogers does in the upcoming run-off.  The number to beat there is… 27.8%.

Yes, granted.  A vote for Jim Rogers isn’t a vote for any program.  Jim Rogers is purely a personality candidate … a vote for Jim Rogers is a vote for the “Old Koot”.  A vote for Kesha Rogers was a vote for … if I remember the platform correctly… The destruction of all remaining influences of Bertrand Russell?  Which is apparently enough to get you 27 point 8 percent of the vote in a Texas Democratic primary run off.

Number Two.  Kesha Rogers versus Thad Cochran.

It’s notable the way Thad Cochran managed to overturn the general rule of Republican party primary run-offs, which (as we saw in Texas with Ted Cruz, for instance), swings heavily for the more “right wing” “insurgent” against the Establishment pick.  Recognizing the rules of the primary run-off — open to registered voters of the other party if they did not vote in the initial primary, he mobilized Democratic voters.

Kesha Rogers, in theory, tried the same approach.  Though, mostly her appearances on various “Tea Party” groupings and in front of gun shows was just a way to get listings and funding — off of the auxiliary issue of “Impeach the Bum in the White House“.  They failed to cross the line in the primary run off.  I suppose because they looked into it, and didn’t grasp how much Bertrand Russell was destroying America.

The next big election… Who’s running in Michigan?   Urologist Anil Kumar has no political experience but is pouring lots of his own money into the race. Nancy Skinner, a flamboyant former radio talk show host is running, as is Bill Roberts, a follower of Lyndon LaRouche.

Number Three:  Wikipedia notation

I haven’t been watching the Larouche wikipedia team lately, but this is kind of interesting… somewhere off on capital hill some staffer does give a crap about Larouche.

A Twitter bot that watches for anonymous Wikipedia edits from a range of Congressional IP addresses lit up with activity on Monday as somebody — we don’t know who — made unusual changes to 13 wide-ranging Wikipedia articles.

The point makes sense.  It’s in relation to the crisis in the Ukraine, goes about editing the wikipedia pages of Larouche, Alex Jones, and Abby Martin, and David Icke, or another words… countering everyone’s grand appearances on that greatest of news sources… Russia Today.

Number Four:  The Post office tour.

Dateline Rhode Island.
Larouche was in Providence RI not too long ago. Met them outside the post office.
Rachel Brown is kind of hot.

Leaving aside the sort of casual sexism there, it’s interesting, as the consensus on factnet is she hasn’t been looking too great on the webcasts lately.

Dateline History
LaRouche’s Prevent AIDS Now Initiative Committee ( PANIC ) was the proposition’s catalyst. Outcault said LaRouche supported turning gay areas like New York’s East Village, West Los Angeles and San Francisco’s Castro district into place to quarantine gay people. Outcault distilled LaRouche’s “logic.”
“Once the gays were dead, the virus would die,” he said.
Outcault only lived one-half block from the LaRouche headquarters and protested outside.
“We walked in peace as we were called all sorts of names,” he said.

Dateline Klickitat
“This is about removing Obama prior to the outbreak of general war that we are now headed toward with Russia and China, spilling out of the Middle East and the Ukraine,” said Paul Glumaz of the LaRouche PAC.
Glumaz stood next to a table with informational fliers, eager to talk with passersby.
“This is also about getting Obama out before the financial system goes into a total crisis, so we can deal with it from a national perspective,” he said. “Obama does not represent the United States in any way. He has nothing to do with the United States.”
Interesting difference of sales pitch.  I suppose liberals have no trouble saying Bush has things to do with America and represents it.

Dateline New Jersey.

A group from the LaRouche PAC, led by Jeff Rebello of New Jersey and Justin Johnson of Texas, set up a booth in front of the Middlebury Station shopping center on Route 64 on Thursday, to gather signature to try to get President Obama impeached.
And comments:  Next time, when you go to honk your horn in support of Obama with a Hitler mustache, maybe you will reconsider how ridiculous you are making yourself look.

Huh.  Dan Schmitt, Marshalltown has a chant for you all.

Dateline… history.
The last time I saw any of the LaRouchies were a couple of old guys hanging out in front of the Walgreens at Chicago and Michigan with a sign reading “Impeach Cheney now and then his monkey.” You can probably picture the graphics. The time stamp on the picture is Halloween, 2003.
Unfortunately I know all too well about the whole LaRouchie debacle. My Dad was supposed to be Adalai’s running mate in ‘86 but all Democratic resources were focused on “contested” races. It made nationwide news and still comes up from time to time. Not sure what ever happened to Janice Hart & Mark Fairchild anymore and really don’t care either.
The last LaRouchie I saw was back in 2007. He was actually trying to bring those crazy ideas into the DuPage Democratic party. The one I recall him pushing was for a huge railroad project connecting Siberia and Alaska. I asked him who is going to use this railroad? Alaska has fewer people in it than DuPage County and probably less industry too.
Lookin’ for LaRouchies?  The couple I knew moved over to the Ron Paul campaign; one is now officially Libertarian.
–Lookin’ for LaRouchies?–  Looking to avoid them, lol. I got a bellyful in 86.  For those who think MJM is omnipotent, see how the LaRouchies hijacked his boy’s Adlai’s campaign.  The old man is still alive. Didn’t know that til today.

Dateline Otsego

Jason Knoblauch, Oneonta, right, signs up for the Lyndon LaRouche PAC this morning at a booth set up next to the Stewart’s on Route 28, Cooperstown. Frank Mathis, left, of the LaRouche PAC, said a week-long drive is encouraging people to contact their congressmen — Chris Gibson, R-19, is among them — urging them to back legislation to impeach the President. The chapter, based in New Jersey, was in town for a similar drive last October.
Every Congressional District in the nation, remember?

Hilarity Ensues.  Years ago, you see, I came across a couple of LaRouche Youth organizers trying to attract interest from passersby on a busy Manhattan street and having no luck, so I stopped and added my phone number to their little contact list. It turns out, this was the wrong thing to do, as I started receiving very confusing phone calls every few months or so. Now, I make it my business to keep up with the terminology of fringe politics, but even I couldn’t make anything of this LaRouche jibber-jabber. To wit:
Phone: Ring ring, I’m a phone, I’m ringing.
Me: [Answering phone] Hello?
Mysterious Inquisitor: So, what do you think of the Cheney junta’s Dionysian foray into the exegesis of Babylon?
Me: What? Who is this?
Mysterious Inquisitor: LaRouche Youth.
Me: Oh, goddamnit. [Hangs up phone]
Phone: Why do I exist?

Eventually I was able to determine that these LaRouche people favor the construction of some sort of high-speed hover-train that would connect two continents, although I can’t recall which two continents, exactly. Whichever ones they were, I’m sure I’m not opposed to such a thing, but on the other hand I didn’t want to receive any more cryptic phone calls than I was already getting. Thus it was that I vowed never to do anything nice for anyone ever again. Later I narrowed this down a bit and vowed to simply refrain from giving out my phone number to people associated with Lyndon LaRouche. One must always be on guard against drawing overly broad lessons.

Number Five.  So… the “got something… got nothing” game of Kremlinology with this cult.

Almost a month since Lyn’s been on camera. There’s been more and more statements published from Helga, or at least attributed to her. In today’s Policy Committee, Matt Ogden opens by referring to key points from a conversation they had with Helga. They’ve stopped giving reasons for LaRouche’s absence, sometimes not even addressing it.
Really starting to seem like, for whatever reason, Lyn’s been semi-permanently sidelined.
One immediate consequence, at least for me, is that the videos each week are profoundly boring. Haven’t made it through even a quarter of a single one. Bad for business, surely, but great for my mental health.

Just peering into a fishbowl.  Larouche has had minor surgery, and what does that mean?
Watched this just now. I noticed this sculpture too. Maybe he bought the sculptures due to this recent Zeus, Satan, British is Satanic kick. This could be a form of subliminally placing references of Satan in people’s minds. As far as his medical procedure, it is anyone’s guess, I wouldn’t read anything into it at this point

 Number Six:  Insultapalooza

Tea party:  wouldn’t care if they were fringe elements like the LaRouchies raving on the sidewalk, but since they’ve gotten people elected to Congress and helped shut down our government last year and cost us $24 billion, yeah, I do care.

Who supports Glass SteagallIt’s not everyday that you see common cause between certain Wall Streeters and the LaRouchies, but the shared belief is that in order for America to remain functional, that there has to be some modicum of regulation, oversight, and reining in of loopholes. Food for thought.

Making fun of the CEC:  #1 IN lieu of checking out the Citizens Electoral Council’s scrutiny of the British royal family’s plans to start World War III, we give you this: “The Australian Pastafarian Lobby is outraged, following news that a South Australian man was ordered by police to undergo psychiatric evaluation for wearing a colander on his head in his firearms licence photograph.”
#2:   At a much more minor level we might see alliances forming between parties such as the Bullet Train for Australia Party, the Mutual Party (formerly the Bank Reform Party), Australian Voice Party, the Building Australia Party, 21st Century Party and even Bob Katter’s Australian Party and the Australian Protectionist Party, while on the other hand Smokers’ Rights, One Nation and the Citizens Electoral Council could all form some form of politically incorrect alliance.

Election rules:  - And it keeps mischief-makers like the Larouchies — truly marginal, not only un-representative of the party, but actively trying to tear it down — from stealing the spotlight.

The SPLC has its say on one guy out thereBall’s lecture mingles “sovereign citizen” rhetoric with conspiracy theories promoted by perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.

TROLL@Morzer: Stop poking the LaRouchie with a stick.

Portland Bike Culture.  I like bicycles and I definitely feel as though steps ought to be taken to ensure that cyclists can share the road safely with pedestrians and motor vehicles, but the bike culture in this town is like a farcical cross between a LaRouche rally and a junior high cafeteria clique, and needs to go.

But a bad video by a LaRouchie is not a reason to drop the hammer now.

On Limbaugh on “Green Fascists“:  Wow, I believe that’s actually what Lyndon Larouche believes – If that’s accurate, then I’m sort of in love with the fact that Rush is riding the Larouchie crazy-train.  Say, what say you Carl Osgood?

Number Seven:  Media appearances.

Hegla Zepp gets some mention in this as some authority or other.    Amid the threat of war in various parts of the world, how will it enhance the brave efforts of so many men and nations to create what the German-born Helga Zepp-La Rouche called “a world without war”, during a recent Schiller Institute forum in New York?

Translate that and you’ll get some references to EIR on the evils of George Sorors.

And now a rundown on 2 or so months worth of Iranian Press TV appearances.
senior editor at Executive Intelligence Review Jeff Stainberg his policy is a nightmare of inconfidence and it’s going to blow up to our blah de blah..  ISIL terrorists result of Obama’s policy…
ISIL can catalyze war among world powers: AnalystBill Jones, from the Executive Intelligence Review, said the Takfiri ISIL militants pose no direct but certainly an indirect threat and …
Wall St., London need war: Obama their puppet: Analyst with Mike Billington, with the Executive Intelligence Review…
US ‘advisors’ in Iraq are ‘boots on ground’  They are, as far as I understand, also special forces operators,” said Bill Jones of the Executive Intelligence Review…
Israel using Iraq as ‘diversion’ to push Syria agenda William Jones, with the Executive Intelligence Review…
Syria thwarted US regime change policy: Analyst Lawrence Freeman
Another US military intervention in Iraq is ‘a folly’: Bill Jones
Israel’s ‘inhumane’ policies causing split with US: Analyst Jeffry Steinberg.
NATO, Russia in pre-war situation Bill Jones.
US military involvement in Asia-Pacific ‘dangerous’ Jeffrey Steinberg.
US failing to counter militancy in Nigeria: Analyst Lawrence Freeman.
US doing nothing to help Nigeria: Analyst Lawrence Freeman.
US efforts to isolate Russia, China backfire: Analyst Mike Billington.
Russia dealt with US, UK forcefully: Analyst Mike Billington.
US, UK force confrontation with Russia: Analyst Mike Billington.
US has double standards on espionage: Analyst Jeff Steinberg.
Libya, base to destabilize Africa: Douglas DeGroot.

Maybe
when Larouche croaks, they can just turn the reigns over to Vladmir Putin?

Number Eight: 

Ms Duggan said: “I don’t believe there is ever going to be a proper investigation by the German authorities. It’s 11 years and even with a court order they still don’t follow the order of the court.
“Here you have an extremist group that incites racism against the British and the Jews and the authorities are quite happy to say it’s no interest of theirs and they do not need to investigate this organisation.
“We go round and round in circles. No one in Germany seems to want to admit they made a mistake. At some point we have to break out of this cycle.”
Interesting phrasing here:  Ms Duggan believes he came to harm at the hands of a branch of the LaRouche international political movement, a cult suspected of fascist and anti-Semitic beliefs.

More here, here, here, here, and here.